Newcomb High School (9th-12th grade) and Middle School (6th-8th grade) student art work and creativity on display.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Burlap Checker Boards with String Bags

High School - Craft

For the last craft project of the year, I knew I wanted to make a game of some sort - something that was fairly low maintenance and that could be played in class for the last few days.

Answer: Burlap checker games!

The board is a piece of burlap marked with black sharpie. Rulers are recommended for this part!

We made a small string bag to store the game and pieces. Students could either do a square bag or long bag as they preferred.

The pieces are smooth rocks gathered outside and painted in two colors of choice, one for each side off course.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Vincent Van Gogh's Bedroom

High School - Art 1 - Analogous Colors

This is the end point all those value scales were building up to... a reproduction of Vincent Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles.
The catch is that students could only use the 2 Primary colors picked for their Analogous Chart, along with black and white. Any color variations derived from mixing these initial colors were allowed.

Students were provided with a colored print of the original painting (image on right) and a couple "coloring pages" of the same (below).

After drawing the bedroom on a big 9x18 in. paper, and referring to their Analogous Chart, they did one or two practice run of color scheme with color pencils on the coloring page, to have a better idea of how they wanted this to look.

It took 2 weeks to get to this point and another 3 to complete the painting. This was a really good unit, with a nice progression of difficulty and paint mastery. From the look of the final product, I'd say this was time well spent.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Paper Mache Piggy Banks

High School - Craft

These piggy banks are fun and cute and just plain awesome!

Students took great care in the painting phase, with drawing the design beforehand and then going slowly with detailed painting.

This was the first time I've used flour for the paste, and I can tell you it is a lot easier to deal with, to clean, and to handle than the "paper mache glue" sold in craft stores.

Get regular wheat flour (higher the gluten content the better) and mix with water with a pinch of salt.
Ratio is approximately 1:1.5 flour to water. The salt prevents mold. We mixed the paste in plastic containers with lids. The next day we just had to mix it around a little and it was good to go. It does give a distinct yeast smell to the room! :)

This was a highly successful project that I look forward to doing again next year.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Analogous Value Charts

High School - Elements of Art: VALUE & COLOR

This is our third and last value scale - more of a chart, really - and the last step before getting into our main color project (see Monochromatic for the first).

These chart have two purposes:
1. the continuation of our learning to mix colors for a specific desired result;
2. acting a visual reference point for the up-coming painting.

Analogous means colors that follow each other on the color wheel, typically 3 colors, though in this case we created more than three.

Students choose 2 of the 3 primary colors (red, blue, yellow) in addition to black and white paint. I picked two charts for each color pairs to display here, as they are a bit repetitive otherwise.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Monochromatic Value Scale

High School - Art 1 - Elements of Art: COLOR & VALUE

Time to dive into colors! To start on this unit, we first talked about Value and its definition as related to art, referring to the range of lightness and darkness of a color.

For warm-up, students did a gray scale with paint showing 5 different values of gray by mixing black and white paint in the proper proportions.

The 2nd Value scale was a Monochromatic Scale, using only 1 color with black and white.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Painted Color Wheels

Middle School - Elements of Art: COLOR

After all that practice mixing colors with the Value Scales and Robots, students were ready to create their own color wheel.

We learned about all the colors, their places on the wheel, names of various categories of colors, and practice coloring one with color pencil. Whew! Finally, we were ready to tackle the real color wheel.

Students had to decide on a theme and come up with a variety of drawings to create the wheel. Once drawn, each color had to be assigned to its proper placement.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Chinese New Year Composition

High School - Art 1

For the high school Chinese New Year composition, I provided the students with several pages of Chinese characters, designs, cartoons and other Asian style illustrations.

From these they were to pick and choose and put multiple elements together to create their composition, altering any designs as they please to make it their own.

The final product had to be colored with color pencils.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

1 Point Perspective Room

High School - Art 1 - Perspective

After several days of learning and practicing 1 point perspective as a class, the students were ready to be set out on their own. They had to create their own room using the 1 point perspective technique.

The minimum requirements for the assignment were as follows:
  • 1 window
  • 1 door
  • 1 doorway into another area
  • 2 pieces of furniture

Dragon Puppets For Chinese New Year

Middle School - Craft

The Chinese New Year for 2016 fell on Feb. 8th. It's the year of the Monkey.

We discussed similarities and differences between the traditional Chinese calendar and the western calendar. Each kid got to find out what animal they were born under. I also read the characteristics for each of the animals represented in the room, creating a few laughter among the group.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Value Robots

Middle School - Elements of Art: Value

For this unit we talked a lot about value, meaning going from light to dark or dark to light.
Kids practiced this concept first with pencil, then with 1 color plus black and white, to create the value scale you see below.

The first row is black and white paint mixed to create the various values of grays.
The second row is the color, blue in this case, mixed with white, and the third is blue mixed with black.

Once all those steps were complete, the kids were ready to draw their robots!